Highfield Hall brings back its popular Music at the Mansion series on Sunday, October 21 at 4 PM with saxophonist Greg Abate and his globetrotting, hot jazz quartet. Tickets for this sure-sellout performance are $20 for members of Historic Highfield and $25 for non-members. Information and reservations are available at www.highfieldhall.org or 508-495-1878.
Mr. Abate is an internationally recognized musician, composer and Grammy nominee who continues to tour the world 150 days a year. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in the mid 1970's and immediately began playing lead alto saxophone for the Ray Charles Orchestra. He moved out on his own in 1978, forming the popular group Channel One in the New England area. In 1986 and 1987, he had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under the leadership of Dick Johnson. From there he ventured out as a soloist playing jazz festivals, jazz societies and jazz clubs throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.
Mr. Abate recorded his first CD, Live at Birdland NYC, in 1991 with the trio of James Williams, Rufus Reid and Kenny Washington. His 2004 recording, Evolution, was nominated for a Grammy in four categories with James Williams, Harvie Swartz and Billy Hart comprising the trio. In all, he has twenty recordings to his credit.
Also featured in the show are Mr. Abate’s trio of sidemen. Paul Nagel will perform on Highfield Hall's Mason & Hamlin concert grand piano, accompanied by bassist Todd Baker and drummer Gary Johnson. Together, the four musicians will fill Highfield Hall with an uplifting mix of original and classic repertoire.
Music at the Mansion continues on Sunday, November 4 at 4 pm with pianist Michael Mizrahi.